One of those bouts involved Middleweight hopeful Ryota Murata (6-0, 4) who will be fighting against little known Brazilian Douglas Damiao Ataide (13-1-1, 6).
Although relatively unknown outside of Latin American Ataide is ranked #14 by the WBO and has been in the ring with some "names" including Jorge Sebastian Heiland, with whom he was disqualified against in the 6th round in controversial circumstances after an inspector found a foreign item in his corner and brought it to the referees attention. He has also fought Mateo Damian Veron, in a bout that saw him claimed the interim WBO Latino Middleweight title.
Since the loss to Heiland we've seen Ataide go 5 fights unbeaten with a run of 4-0-1.
Although not the greatest of fighters footage does appear to suggest he's a bit better than the typical Brazilian fighters who pad up a long KO streak but don't really know how to fight.
For Murata this should be win #7 though more notably it should help him move into the WBO rankings. At the moment the WBO route does appear to be the easiest to the top and would be a way to avoid a clash with Gennady Golovkin, at least for now. It should also see the much touted Japanese Middleweight being given a bit of a test but a safe test as he continues to fine tune his style. We're hoping to see Murata revert to being a "pressure fighter" though he did appear to be trying to be a boxer last time out when he defeated Jessie Nicklow in a disappointing performance but a very clear victory.
From what we understand this bout will be shown on Fuji TV and the card will also feature Akira Yaegashi, in his Super Flyweight debut against a yet to be named opponents, and Takashi Miura, defending his WBC Super Featherweight. We will be posting more on Miura's bout in a few moments.
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